CHICAGO — A bystander rescued a 3-year-old boy Sunday after an SUV crashed and burst into flames in West Englewood and its driver ran away, police said.
The crash happened about 11:45 p.m. when an SUV slammed into a vacant building in the 2000 block of West 59th Street.
When officers arrived, the SUV was on fire, and a citizen was performing CPR on a 3-year-old boy. A police sergeant helped until paramedics arrived and took the boy to Comer Children's Hospital, where his condition stabilized, police said.
As officers investigated, they learned that the SUV's driver ran away after the crash, leaving the child behind, police said. A bystander saw that the boy was unresponsive, pulled him from the car and began CPR, police said. The boy was removed from the truck before the fire started.
The SUV was stolen, police said.
Officers found the boy's mother, who said she knew the driver and was aware her son was with him. Police said early Monday it was unclear what the mother's relationship was to the driver or why he had the boy.
Police had not yet located the driver Monday morning, and no one was in custody.